An an extremely large planet whose water is mostly underground in a vast aquifer network, Kuan-Ti — Author's only inhabitable planet — has a climate that is surprisingly stable, with significant atmospheric moisture often in the form of rain, fog, or mist. Masrini, the capital, is a vast metropolis with technology just a hair above steam and adding machines, but with early electricity and radio communiction. Industry is reasonable, but what's most useful is the vast amount of mineral and petroleum resources available just beneath the aquifers of Kuan-Ti, easily accessible via the intricate, planet-wide networks of caverns and passages carved by water through the mainly igneous crust.

A totalitarian rulership, at the brink of revolution, ruled the surface of Kuan-Ti before the Accord arrived. The Shelbyites smelled the stink of a bad regime and offered freedom of determination for all, under the leadership and guidance of Sleepwalker philosophy. It was an easy deal. The end result is a sizable population mostly ready and willing to work with their liberators, with enough understanding of general science that the technology level of the Shelbyites isn't an unrecoverable shock. The languages spoken here derive mostly from Chinese, Japanese, Latinate languages like French and Italian, and English.

Minerals, metals, petroleum, and other earth-based resources are plentiful on Kuan-Ti — but water, while present, is very difficult to harness without upsetting the extant ecology and using up a valuable fule/energy resource — Kuan-Ti is still quite geologically active, so a great deal of technology on the planet relies on steam. Maintaining a population on Kuan-Ti will rest upon discovering a way to secure a constant, non-geothermic water source.


Accord Archivists have established that Kuan-Ti was a mythological figure in pre-sendering Chinese folklore, tied into the arts of war. Many placenames on Kuan-Ti seem to be derived from similar martial sources, or are ablated words or names from the Latinate language that dominates the planet, called Roumatsch.


Kuan-Ti culture revolves around steam power. It drives public transit, it turns the turbines that generate electricity the population of the planet, it colors the very personality and outlook of every Kuan-Ti. In the daytime, the sunlight burns off lingering steam from adjustment vents, but once evening hits, the place becomes almost magical, wreathed in mist and fog. A sense of mystery or unknowing is pervasive in the mindset of natives and adoptive residents alike.

Due to what appears to be decades of totalitarian repression, people in Kuan-Ti are very accustomed to order and regulation; following orders is second-nature. Engineers and mechanics are viewed with great respect, as these are the people who keep the cities running. Agrarians live in vast complexes that had once been farming camps, now changed into communal agricutlural enclaves that the Shelbyites are trying to grow into villages and towns, to begin to provide a more stable source of food and other agrarian products.

By nature most Kuan-Ti are reserved, stoic people, though they do know how to let loose under very specific circumstances. Though it appears that in early post-sundering history there were gender-based divisions in labor and society, with the arrival of the Lockley totalitarian regime, men and women became equal servants of the Greater Good.

Current Issues

It's taking time for the Kuan-Ti to react to authority without unquestioning obedience, and part of the reason they're taking to that so slowly is because it's authority telling them to be willing to question it. A handful of radicals are demanding complete freedom — the expulsion of the Shelbyites, because they're just another oppressive outside force — and another handful of radicals are espousing what can only be called anarchist philosophy. All philosophical revolts against the Accord appear to stem from the psychological recovery of a population from decades of totalitarian control.

In addition, water is so prized as an energy source, and so difficult to trap once it's vented from machinery, that a growing population is posing a serious threat to limited water supplies. It's taken great effort on the part of the Sleepwalkers to convince the Kuan-Ti to apportion more water towards things like irrigation and public waterworks, and begin to edge them towards internal combustion mechanisms using the natural gas widely available just a few hundred feet below the surface of the planet.


Though Kuan-Ti may not be technologicaly advanced, it is highly industrialized and screamingly efficient. Shelby investment has helped modernize some plants which now manufacture technological devices using the many mineral resources available on Kuan-Ti proper. And Fuel sources, ranging from extractable gas microdeposits in igneous rock to natural gas and petroleum wells — to say nothing of electricity derived from steam — is setting Kuan-Ti to become an economic powerhouse.


Kuan-Ti has a handful of large landmasses, and five major cities. Masrini was the capital established by the Lockley regime and despite the resentment toward anything related to Lockley rule, the capital city remains the same under Shelby governance, posibly because the infrastructure already existed and there was no reason to let it go to waste.

Government and Politics

Lockley rule existed only to perpetuate itself. Therefore, the Shelbyites had to come in and rebuild Kuan-Ti government from scratch. Using models learned in Chomsky, in the Oskanna system, the Accord instated democratically-elected concordat-presidius system from the city up. Outlying agrarian regions vote according to the city that they're closest to. So, each city has its own concordat, usually called a council, and its own presidius, usually called a mayor. City councils appoint delegates to attend the planet-wide concordat, called Congress, which selects one planetary presidus and two consuls. So far, the Kuan-Ti have seen fit to elect Sleepwalkers to planetary executive positions.


The degree of industrialization points to some kind of significant pre-sundering investment by the Republic, but precisely what is that investment is difficult to determine. A recent discovery in the deeper but stable crusts under Masrini points to military development, but the Lockleys were so focused on preserving their rulership of the Kuan-Ti that most historical documentation was either fabricated with information favorable to the Lockleys, or destroyed outright. There is a strong Archivist drive to move in and preserve as much historic information as can be rescued from such pervasive modification and destruction.

It is, however, clear that the Lockleys had been in power for nearly 200 years before Accord arrival.


A significant number of non-Sleepwalker infantry hail from the Author system. Gravity is nearly twice that of Sol-standard; the general population tend to be narrow, willowy, but alarmingly whip-strong. Increased bone density makes them ideal spacefarers, too, but many Kuan-Ti react poorly in low-G environments (with embolisms resuting from high blood pressure no longer restrained by high-G conditions).


Author: 26,991,253 (1,821,105 former Imperium)

Age Structure:

0-14 years: 28%
15-64 years: 63%
65 years and over: 8%
Population Growth Rate: 3.5% (Sleepwalker immigration makes up between 0.7% and 1.2% population growth per year)

Sex Ratio

At birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
Under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-64 years: .99 male(s)/female
65 years and over: .95 male(s)/female
Total Population: .97 male(s)/female

Life expectancy

Total Population: 80 years
Male: 77 years
Female: 83 years
Literacy Rate : 99% in Roumatsch; 71% in Accord English; 12% in Yucatec


Singular Noun: Kuan-Ti
Plural Noun: Kuan-Ti
Adjective: Kuan-Ti


Official: Roumatsch, Accord English, Chinese, Japanese
Secondary: Lingallis, Yucatec Maya (closely guarded)

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